Collaborative Law Blog

How Different Generations Can See Eye-To-Eye On Prenups – Boutet on Huffington Post

No one likes to plan for the failure of a marriage. But with the average nuptials in Canada lasting a mere 13.7 years, according to StatsCan, it’s not surprising that prenuptial agreements are becoming more popular among today’s couples looking

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October 4, 2016 – Nathalie Boutet at CAFE’s Family Business Forum

On October 4, 2016, The Family Business FORUM will be held at the Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, Ontario. This is the ultimate gathering for family enterprise in Central Ontario and represents a unique opportunity for your organization to connect and

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Business Advisors can be the ‘Voice of Reason’ in a Divorce – Boutet on Advocate Daily

Trusted advisors such as accountants and lawyers can play a key role in minimizing the potential negative impact of a divorce within a family business. Referring clients to the right family law lawyer could mean the difference between a divorce

Posted in Divorce, Negotiation tips, Separation tips

Take Steps to Protect the Family Business as a Divorce Unfolds – Boutet on Advocate Daily

It’s important to take immediate steps to protect the family business in the event of a marital breakdown. If the business is providing significant revenue for the family, it’s their livelihood, and a divorce can be very disruptive. If both

Posted in Financial issues

How to Protect a Business from Divorce – Boutet on The Divorce Angels

Successful entrepreneurs know the hard work and dedication it takes to build a thriving business. But often, insufficient time has been spent protecting a business from the potentially devastating impacts of a divorce. Read the full article on The Divorce

Posted in Divorce, Pre-Nuptial agreements

Choice of lawyer sends strong signal from outset of divorce – Boutet on Advocate Daily

There is one strategic step members of family-owned businesses can take from the initial stages of a divorce to keep some control over the outcome of the divorce: choosing the right lawyer. Read the full article on Advocate Daily.

Posted in Divorce, Negotiation tips

Preserving wealth with a certified Family Enterprise Advisor – Boutet in Advocate Daily

Nathalie Boutet is featured on Advocate Daily to talk about the unique needs that family owned businesses have during a separation or divorce. “When you have worked so hard in your life to create a business for your family, and

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September 15 to 17, 2016 – Collaborative Negotiations

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Professionalism and Ethics in Family Law

My commentary on the article “Professionalism and Ethics in Family Law” recently published in The Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution, by Deanne Sowter. When it comes to the role lawyers play in conflict resolution and ethical dilemmas, the notion of “neuro awareness” or

Posted in Collaborative Law, Mediation

June 10, 2016 – Neuroscience and Behavioural Economics for Litigators

AGENDA: 9:00am-9:10am – Welcome and Opening Remarks (Stephen LeDrew, Barrister and Solicitor) 9:10am-10:10am – A Lawyer’s Guide to Neuroscience (Nathalie Boutet, Boutet Family Law) 10:10am-10:25am – Coffee and Networking Break 10:25am-11:25am – Behavioural Economics 101 – Management and Communication Strategies

Posted in Past Events, Speaking Events

May 6, 2016 – Navigating Changing Circumstances

Robin Dodokin and Bev Moir are pleased to invite you to an inspiring event given by women, for women in transition. Delivered by experts in their respective fields, our speakers will start the conversation around best practices of how to

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May 4-5, 2016 – Nathalie Boutet at Conference Board of Canada

Nathalie Boutet helped business leaders learn from the “tremendous change” of divorce at the recent two-day Change Management 2016 conference (May 4 and 5) held by the Conference Board of Canada. The conference also featured speakers from health-care and business sectors

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April 18, 2016 – Avoiding triggers in mediation involving personality disorders

Boutet was recently featured as one of three expert panelists at an Ontario Bar Association (OBA) program, Managing Personality Disorders in Mediation. The panel provided practical strategies for lawyers who deal with people who have difficult personalities.  Read more about the panel and topics

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Financial planners can help draft divorce settlements – Boutet in

Boutet outlines the role of advisors as a critically important part of divorce settlements, complementing the skills of attorneys. Read the full article in This post is also featured in Advocate Daily.

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Using psychology to manage emotions in separation – Boutet In Advocate Daily

Setting out clear expectations for couples embarking on a separation and divorce can help manage highly charged emotions, says Toronto family lawyer and mediator Nathalie Boutet. Using her unique understanding of psychology and its impact on negotiations, Boutet’s approach with her

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Managing Divorce – Boutet on 680 News

Nathalie Boutet on 680 News with advice on managing the difficult transition of divorce.

Posted in Divorce

Rise above emotions when negotiating – Nathalie Boutet In Lawyers Weekly

Negotiation is an important skill in both life and business.  When you are posed with a difficult decision, are you able to leave emotions out of it? “Notice that good leaders never seem upset — they always know what to

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Divorce Month: Why Marriages End In January – As seen on Huffington Post

This blog was originally published on Huffington Post Canada.  The beginning of a new year is often a time of reflection and resolutions. The usual suspects are diet and exercise, but often people are ready for much bigger life decisions. For

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Managing over Divorce Month – Boutet on AM640

Nathalie Boutet on AM640 provides tips for managing the difficult transition over Divorce Month. Read more about the topic in Advocate Daily.

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Newly Separated Over the Holidays – Boutet on 680 News

Nathalie Boutet on 680 News with advice for newly separated parents over the holidays.

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Holiday tips for the newly separated – Nathalie Boutet on NewsTalk 1010

Nathalie Boutet on NewsTalk 1010 offering holiday survival tips for separated parents on how they can maintain the spirit of the holidays while holding it together.

Posted in Divorce, Negotiation tips, Separation tips

November 5, 2015 – How to create a valid marriage or cohabitation agreement?

What circumstances justify negotiating a marriage or cohabitation agreement? There are substantial assets or high income There are children from a prior relationship There are potential inheritances/share issuance Someone had a bad experience in their previous divorce When would a

Posted in Past Events, Pre-Nuptial agreements, Speaking Events

If your co-founder is headed for divorce court, can your business survive? – Boutet in The National Post

Nathalie provides The National Post with advice on how businesses can survive the threat of a divorce. Read the full article on The National Post. This post is also featured in Advocate Daily.

Posted in Divorce, Financial issues, Pre-Nuptial agreements

Can Your Marriage Survive Starting a Business? – Boutet in The Globe and Mail

Nathalie gives Globe & Mail readers advice on protecting your marriage if starting a business, and protecting your business in case of divorce. Read the full article on The Globe and Mail. This post is also featured in Advocate Daily.

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Protect a Business from Marital Breakdown – Boutet in

Marital breakdown can destroy a business, but it needn’t be this way. With the right planning, your client’s business can survive a failed marriage. Read the full article on

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